By Rebecca Stanisic
While the kids are still wearing swim suits and asking for ice cream for lunch, enjoying their summer days, it’s time for parents (and soon the kids themselves!) to start thinking about Back to School.
That includes shopping for new shoes, clothing, boomerang lunch containers (terra20 has a wide variety of these!) and school supplies like pencil crayons and backpacks.
School will be back in session in the City sooner than we all imagine. This means a change in schedule for many of us. Those lazy, slow days of summer will soon give way to a more complex, hustling mornings and afternoons as the kids go to and from school.
It’s one reason why breakfast will be such an important time of the day. Before heading out the door, a nutritious breakfast will be needed for the kids (and for parents too!) Research has told us the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and what it means for our kids. One scientific article wrote: "Moreover, there is evidence that breakfast positively affects learning in children in terms of behavior, cognitive, and school performance.”
I’ve gathered some breakfast ideas to share with you other than cereal (which is the go-to morning meal in our family during the week). Many of these breakfast ideas we enjoy in our own home (see, we don’t eat cereal every day!) and I love that they can be prepared ahead of time.
Oatmeal is a staple in our house. My husband eats it for breakfast almost every day, often topped with berries. The kids enjoy it too (topped with syrup), and I keep instant packs on hand for quick, warm bites at the last minute.
I love the thought of doing a baked oatmeal before the morning even arrives. This recipe from Simple Bites looks amazingly delicious and hearty, just what everyone needs before beginning a day of learning.
Waffles or Pancakes
What I love about weekend waffles or pancake breakfasts are the leftovers. We always make a double or triple batch to put in the fridge and freezer for weekday breakfasts that take minutes to warm up. I also can use them in lunches too!
Try this whole grain recipe from Chef Micheal Smith; they are tasty and filling!
Yogurt and Granola
Yogurt, berries and granola is a delicious, easy to put together meal.
To make it even easier, or for on the go eating during those extra busy morning, buy a yogurt container to keep it cool and a separate container for the granola and/or berries, then just combine them all when the kids are ready to eat. You could even pre-prepare these in the fridge ahead of time!
Breakfast doesn’t need to be a complicated meal, but when the mornings are already rushed and the kids need full tummies before heading to school, there are many options that will get them out the door well fed and ready to learn.